Why a Catholic Education?

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“Thus it follows that the work of the school is irreplaceable and the investment of human and material resources in the school becomes a prophetic choice. On the threshold of the third millennium…[the Catholic school] is still of vital importance.” Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education, The Catholic School on the Threshold of the Third Millennium (1997.)

Research on Catholic Schools Tells us:

Catholic schools are sacramental. Students have the opportunity to meet Christ regularly through the Eucharist, Reconciliation, and one another. They are constantly reminded of the presence of Christ in the Body and Blood that they receive at liturgy as well as in the presence of the boy or girl standing next them.
Catholic schools teach wisdom and life vision in the context of faith. They interweave reason and faith through subject matter, and help students form a Christian vision of the world that they not only strive to live out ,but can articulate to others so that they can share truth and values. Curriculum is not taught only for the attainment of knowledge, rather for helping students embark on a search for truth. Through their study, students explore the mysteries of God and realize their call to live out their Catholic faith in an imperfect and challenging world.
Catholic schools are ecclesial in that they embody the most effective and successful effort anywhere to educate children in the faith AND to prepare them to be responsible and faithful citizens for Christian witness and action in the world. Taking the teachings of the Gospel beyond the walls of an individual school and living them is the goal for every student.
Catholic schools teach students how to become a part of a faith community in which their active participation as a “prayer” and “worshiper” is vital to the faith formation of all of the other members of their school faith community.
Catholic schools help students look at the complexity of a modern world and figure out how to live the counter-cultural message of Jesus today. Catholic schools challenge students to respond to the needs of the poor ,and to live in a spirit of love, generosity and kindness for all. We ask them to become a part of the “Word Incarnate.”
Catholic schools help students to understand the need for true justice in our world. By living out one’s Catholic faith we cannot ignore the call of the Holy Spirit to make the world a just place for all peoples. Working for justice has the power to transform hearts and create a new heaven on earth.
Catholic schools recognize the holiness of the covenant between themselves and parents. We recognize that cultivating the Catholic faith in our children is a labor of love on the part of parents, school, and parish.
Catholic schools invite its teachers to join in ministry with them. Teachers are called to help students understand that with learning comes the obligation to apply the teachings of their faith as they use knowledge in their daily lives. This happens for students when they see this modeled regularly by the adults around them – when they see their own teachers living “faith-filled” lives.

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A fully accredited Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade School and stellar faculty. Students experience and participate in prayer daily and Mass services weekly. ALL denominations welcome!

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St. Mary’s Catholic School,
26 West Street
Shelby, Ohio
P: 419-342-2626

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